Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. – Retiring New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch got creative advice this week from fourth-graders in Rye on how to fill his time when he leaves office: buy a hamster, jump off the Empire State Building (with a parachute), work for Target, move to Alaska.
In this Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 photo, fourth grade students pose for a photo inside the Rye Elementary school gym in Rye, N.H. Retiring Gov. John Lynch is getting some advice from the schoolchildren on how to fill his time when he leaves office: buy a hamster, jump off the Empire State Building (with a parachute), work for Target, move to Alaska - or not. The four-term Democrat has said he does not know what he will do after leaving office in January 2012, but promises to consider the 62 pages of suggestions from the kids seriously. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
The four-term, 59-year-old Democrat has said he does not know what he will do after leaving office in January. But he promises to consider the 62 pages of suggestions from the kids seriously.
"I am really touched they gave me this book of suggestions of what to do after I'm done with this job," Lynch told the Associated Press. "I have not decided on a real job."
The Rye Elementary students presented Lynch with the book Monday containing suggestions from four classes. Each student's offering contained the heading, "Governor Lynch. Thank you for your years of service to the great state of New Hampshire, since 2004. I have a few ideas, for you, about what you can do with all your extra time."
Teacher Jacquie Defreze came up with the idea.
"I want kids to be kind, and it doesn't take much," she said.
The governor requested that The AP not use the students' last names.
Adelyn starts off the collection with, "Get a really comfy couch to fall asleep on."
Claire inserted in the title, after "2004": "You started when I was one."
Sebastian suggested Lynch could go to work at a Target store.
Katherine thought he could become a librarian, a bartender or a chef - or move to Japan and become a weatherman. She also recommended getting a mud bath.
"Start your own taco shop to still make money," advised Margot.
Dylan thinks Lynch could be a news reporter, coach sports or write books for kids.
"You can be a president in about four years," he said.
Eating ice cream at Lago's in Rye was a popular suggestion. Josh recommended cookie dough.
Finn -- and a lot of his classmates -- said Lynch should take a trip. Hawaii was a popular destination.
"When you retire, you should go to Hawaii and relax. You could have a great time on a tropical island," he said.
"When you are there you should relax in a hot tub," said Camden.
"You might even want to live in Hawaii!" added Gabriella. But Cam thought he might want to move to Alaska instead, "or stay here."
Will suggested a trip to Nebraska while Adelyn recommended going to Wisconsin to taste cheese. Maggie thought he should explore Antarctica.
Grace suggested going to the aquarium in Florida to see Winter the dolphin.
Daniel had some practical advice.
"You can look for a new job," he said.